On Monday, Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) and Florida Christian College (Kissimmee, FL) officially merged and became part of the newly established Johnson University System. Florida Christian College is now Johnson University Florida.
“This merger will advance the Florida campus by as much as half a century, which is the time it would have otherwise taken to build the degree options and opportunities that Johnson University has in place today,” said Kenny Funk, who served as most recent chairman of the former Florida Christian College Board of Trustees. “Within a few years, Johnson University Florida will have the expanded bachelor’s degree and master’s degree program options we have desired to put in place for a long time.”
Along with the name change and the establishment of a national university system, Johnson President Gary Weedman also announced that David Eubanks will continue as chief operating officer of Johnson University Florida. Eubanks served as president of Johnson University for 39 years (1969–2007) and most recently came out of retirement to help guide the merger process.
The merger is the result of many months of hard work by both institutions to ensure the continuation of the collective mission and commitment to Christian higher education following challenging economic times experienced by Florida Christian College.